Here in Middlebury (and a lot of Vermont), we have a community forum called Front Porch Forum. Their motto is “helping neighbors connect.” People post anything they want to share…anything…from opinions about local politics to a lost cat, to something they want to sell or give away. It really is a sweet way to connect with the local community and often, folks are helped out quickly when they post a need.

The other day, a neighbor around the corner posted that he had free apples for the picking from the tree in his yard. So I picked a big bag full and got to work on a couple of apple recipes for the GAPS Dinner Club and my own table.

A few things made were:

  • Applesauce
  • Apple pear sauce (I got free pears from another neighbor!)
  • Fresh pressed apple juice
  • This recipe of baked apples

May you enjoy this recipe in your autumn days.

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GAPS Diet Baked Apples

  • Author: Melanie


GAPS Diet Baked Apples


  • 6 large baking apples (Cortland, Honeycrisp, Empire, etc.)
  • 3 lemon wedges
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • 4 – 6 teaspoons honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup apple cider or fresh apple juice
  • Honey sweetened 24-hr sour cream, for serving (optional)
  • Cinnamon, for dusting (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Line an 8 x 11 baking dish with parchment paper
  3. Cut a small cap off the top of each apple, and set aside
  4. Using a paring knife or corer, core the apples (try not to go all the way to the bottom)
  5. Cut away and reserve about 1/2 inch of peel around the tops of the apples
  6. Rub the peeled portions of the apples with the lemon & squeeze a little lemon juice inside
  7. Fill each apple with an equal amount of raisins, a pinch of ginger, and pressing down lightly as needed to push bits into the opening
  8. Pour 1/2 teaspoon honey over the raisins and ginger in each apple. Cut the butter into 6 pieces, and top each apple with a pat
  9. Pop the caps back on the apples
  10. Transfer the apples, lemon wedges and a few of the reserved peels into the 8 x 11 dish; pour in the cider or juice, and stir in 1 to 2 teaspoons honey to the juice
  11. Bake the apples, basting occasionally with the cider and honey, until you can poke them with a knife or skewer and not meet much resistance, 50 – 70 minutes. Check early and often, as you might need more or less time.
  12. Let them cool for at least 15 minutes before serving w/ cinnamon & sour cream sweetened to taste with raw honey

GAPS Diet Baked Apples

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